This is a short video on Henri Cartier-Bresson's book, 'Images à la sauvette', whose English edition was titled 'The Decisive Moment'. It included a portfolio of 126 of his photos from the East and the West.
For his 4,500-word philosophical preface, Cartier-Bresson took his keynote text from the 17th century Cardinal de Retz: "There is nothing in this world that does not have a decisive moment". Cartier-Bresson applied this to his photographic style. He said, "To me, photography is the simultaneous recognition, in a fraction of a second, of the significance of an event as well as of a precise organization of forms which give that event its